Public Art Workshop records

Inclusive Dates: 
1968–1995 (bulk 1970–1982)
Survey Repository: 

This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

19 linear feet of material consisting of correspondence, research files, financial records, grant proposals, newsletters, press releases, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, and other records of the Public Art Workshop, a non-profit community art center and mural workshop founded by muralist Mark Rogovin in Chicago. Much of the collection consists of research materials collected in conjunction with PAW's mural resource center and the National Mural Slide Collection, a joint project of PAW and the Art Institute of Chicago. Also included are working files related to Mural Manual, a community mural art instruction book published by Beacon Press (1975), as well as sound recordings on topics of interest to PAW.

Biographical Historical Note

The Public Art Workshop (PAW), a non-profit community art center and mural workshop, was founded in 1972 by muralist Mark Rogovin. Located primarily in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago, PAW sought to promote public art and encourage self-expression. PAW closed in 1981.

Additional Notes

Related collection: Studs Terkel / WFMT Oral History Archives, Chicago History Museum.